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High Tech News: Volvo's Tesla "Killer"

While Volvo is developing Tesla "killer", and Boeingalmost made his unmanned fighter, the humanoid robot has a rival Boston Dynamics! Let's see, at the same time and on other news for this week, run.

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one. Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics in 2017knew how to do flips and perform other elements of parkour. Now he has a competitor who in the future will probably learn to do the same thing - this is Digit robot, created by a startup from Oregon State University. Yes, another hater of "leather bastards."

He also has two legs and a pair of arms thatable to lift weights up to 18 kg and even catch falling objects. Unlike the Boston Dynamics robots, the novelty has an even more futuristic design. He is already credited with a great future in the field of parcel delivery.

Digit is built on the platform shown invideo clip of the robot Cassie. However, it is more perfect, thanks to the presence of torso, arms and various sensors, allowing it to better navigate in space. Price information will be disclosed in mid-2019, and deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2020. Interestingly, and if you kick him, he, too, will rise himself?

2 Swedish company Volvo presented the long-awaitedall-electric car Polestar 2, details of which began to be revealed long ago. Judging by the characteristics and cost, this is the most convincing competitor to the Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle, which neither the Chevrolet Bolt EV nor the Nissan Leaf could overcome.

The car is based on the Volvo XC40 crossover platform. True, the company refused to salon of genuine leather, and sheathed it with artificial materials.

In the middle of the cabin is a huge display with11 inches diagonal. It displays the Android operating system, equipped with the Google Assistant voice assistant for voice commands. From Google Play, you can download third-party applications, such as services for listening to music. Smartphone owner can serve as a car key.

As for the acceleration to "weave", there are about 5seconds, and the battery will last for 443 kilometers without recharging. This is a lot, reading that Tesla maximum "walks" on one charge from 400 to 500 kilometers.

3 Boeing Corporation has many promising projects,and one of them is a platform for creating autonomous fighters. Being intended to accompany manned aircraft, such a fighter will be ready for its first flight in 2020.

It is known that autonomous work is providedartificial intelligence, which can be programmed to perform any missions. The intelligent system will also be useful for maintaining the distance between it and other aircraft. Since there is no pilot inside, he can fly much longer - more than 3,700 kilometers.

Boeing representatives do not disclose how much the development cost new items. However, they shared that the unmanned fighter is much cheaper than manned analogues.

Curious, such a fighter will be able to share the road with a Falcon rocket?

four. Meanwhile, Russian scientists approachedcreate artificial bones! A breakthrough in this matter was made by researchers from the South Ural State University - they found out how proteins and amino acids can be combined with non-living matter.

The nanoparticles were treated with amino acids andexamined under a microscope and x-rays. It turned out that negatively charged acids adhere to “non-living” matter much weaker than the main ones. Amino groups of one nitrogen atom and two hydrogen atoms were of great importance. More details about the properties of the clutch will be disclosed later.

Ideally, scientists want to create materials thatin structure they resemble the structure of the beaks, shells and thorns of some animals. For the most part, they are made up of inorganic materials stitched together with proteins and other compounds. Research should shed light on why these "inanimate" bodies are not rejected by immunity. This is exactly like the scene from the Terminator!

five. Look at the sky - on Earth this year mayDrop the old Soviet probe for the study of Venus. It is a question of the whole out-of-order Soviet space probe "Cosmos-482" weighing almost 500 kilograms. At the same time, it has a very powerful thermal protection, so the device may not completely burn when it enters the atmosphere.

According to the forecast of the expert, the device, which is nowis in orbit with an apogee of 1,700 km and a perigee of 200 km; it can enter the dense layers of the atmosphere either at the end of this year, or at the beginning of the next. Should I worry? It is hard to say. Although the probability of danger to people seems unlikely. Even large objects of space debris, for example, the same Chinese orbital space station that fell on Earth last year, ended its days in the ocean - in the end, it is water that occupies the largest surface area of ​​our planet.

So exhale, Bruce Willis to launch into space and blow up the probe is not necessary.

This is the main news from the world of high technology for the week. Do you think the probe will fall to Earth? Will Tesla answer Volvo? Write about it in our Telegram chat.